Personal Best Smallmouth

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Personal Best Smallmouth

Postby Bassin' Ted » Jun Mon 22, 2015 9:20 pm

22" 6.6 lbs 17" girth

Caught at 5 AM this morning. Green pumpkin tube, 8lb P-Line fluorocarbon

Released- Getting a replica made.
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Re: Personal Best Smallmouth

Postby catchafew » Jun Mon 22, 2015 9:38 pm

Hell of a nice fish and congrats on your PB! Post some pics of the replica when you get it back.
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Re: Personal Best Smallmouth

Postby mschmalz » Jun Mon 22, 2015 9:41 pm

:shock: Hell of a fish indeed, nice!!
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Re: Personal Best Smallmouth

Postby Aux Pleins » Jun Mon 22, 2015 10:09 pm

Excellent! Same pose as your avatar. That had to have been one hell of a tug.
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Re: Personal Best Smallmouth

Postby achotrod » Jun Mon 22, 2015 10:27 pm

Dang that's a pig! Congrats!
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Re: Personal Best Smallmouth

Postby RonG » Jun Mon 22, 2015 10:35 pm

Super fish for a super guy! Very nice!
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Re: Personal Best Smallmouth

Postby Skifish1 » Jun Mon 22, 2015 10:47 pm

Congrats, nice north woods smallie, kind of makes you worry with 8lb line but as long as good fluoro that helps. I learned my lesson with 6lb line with north LM smallies...
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Re: Personal Best Smallmouth

Postby Bassin' Ted » Jun Mon 22, 2015 11:23 pm

Aux Pleins wrote:Excellent! Same pose as your avatar. That had to have been one hell of a tug.


LOL- caught at the same spot (3 years later) as my avatar and the picture was at the same boat launch. On this same spot I have caught a 6.6, 5.9, 5.7, 5.3, 4.13, and many, many 4s. Not to mention the lake trout and carp I have caught there too. There was a tournament on Saturday and I would have loved to have joined. Had something in the high teens when I left by noon. Thanks for the kind words everyone. Nothing beats Great Lakes Smallies!!
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Re: Personal Best Smallmouth

Postby joetrain » Jun Tue 23, 2015 4:35 am

Beautiful fish. Smallmouth are like bull dogs their fight is relentless. ~JOE~
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Re: Personal Best Smallmouth

Postby jmdog2003 » Jun Tue 23, 2015 6:25 am

Egads man, nice fish!
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Re: Personal Best Smallmouth

Postby BrookfieldAngler » Jun Tue 23, 2015 6:43 am

Awesome smallmouth!! Congrats on that beast!
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Re: Personal Best Smallmouth

Postby FISHdank » Jun Tue 23, 2015 6:51 am

Very nice!!
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Re: Personal Best Smallmouth

Postby bapentec » Jun Tue 23, 2015 7:24 am

Awesome!
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Re: Personal Best Smallmouth

Postby WetWader » Jun Tue 23, 2015 7:57 am

That thing is a tank!
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Re: Personal Best Smallmouth

Postby Steve-O » Jun Tue 23, 2015 8:26 am

FOOTBALL! Beautiful Fish. Minimum 17 PSI. Congrats.
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Re: Personal Best Smallmouth

Postby AKA-Fishcatcher » Jun Tue 23, 2015 9:29 am

Awesome Smallie. Never fished the big lake for smallmouth, looks like I'm missing out.
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Re: Personal Best Smallmouth

Postby Handler » Jun Tue 23, 2015 9:33 am

Assuming this was in Chicago, that's only 1oz off the record. Amazing!
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Re: Personal Best Smallmouth

Postby Theshocker1293 » Jun Tue 23, 2015 9:50 am

Jesus awesome catch! Congrats on the PB!
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Re: Personal Best Smallmouth

Postby tmoney » Jun Tue 23, 2015 9:59 am

Nice fish man! Kinda looks like the Cal-Sag, but that would be a freak from in there.
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Re: Personal Best Smallmouth

Postby 41x9hirschj » Jun Tue 23, 2015 10:24 am

Beautiful smallie, congrats on the PB!
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Re: Personal Best Smallmouth

Postby ohoffm » Jun Tue 23, 2015 10:53 am

Nice fish. That is definitely replica worthy.
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Re: Personal Best Smallmouth

Postby krispydave » Jun Tue 23, 2015 1:41 pm

Nice tank!
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Re: Personal Best Smallmouth

Postby 1080tommy » Jun Tue 23, 2015 10:19 pm

Completely awesome fish!!! Congrats and that is also awesome that you let it go to get a replica!!!! Great job!!!!
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Re: Personal Best Smallmouth

Postby Kamala » Jun Thu 25, 2015 6:42 am

Great looking smallmouth.
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Re: Personal Best Smallmouth

Postby Bassin' Ted » Jun Fri 26, 2015 6:52 am

Handler wrote:Assuming this was in Chicago, that's only 1oz off the record. Amazing!


Not in Chicago- I was way north.

I was thinking about something I like to say "Nothing beats a Great Lake Smallie" and just how appropriate that is. I have fished a lot of lakes in Illinois including taking many trips to Newton, Lake of Egypt, and Jacksonville. Those are considered to be the best lakes in the state. Newton was just rated somewhere in the top 100 lakes by Bassmaster and a couple years ago Jacksonville was rated the best lake in the state. And those lakes are so far below what we have in the Great Lakes. Just Thursday morning, I was feeling a little down about my fishing performance. I had stupidly broken off on 2 fish (frayed line) and had missed too many while fishing a tube. And then I realized that if I were fishing a tournament I would of had 16-18 lbs of bass which is more than anything I've ever had in a tournament. Not surprisingly, my biggest limits have been caught in Door Co around 16 lbs.

When I think about my last 20 years of fishing, my top 10 best fishing moments would be littered with smallmouth fishing on the Great Lakes even though I have spent much more time fishing largemouth. I'll always take a spring trip to So IL in March or April every year but come summer time it is all smallmouth all the time. Get yourself out to Door Co, St Clair, Erie, Grand Traverse, and the Bays de Noc. I highly recommend it.
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Re: Personal Best Smallmouth

Postby JustinCarf » Jun Tue 30, 2015 10:07 pm

Congrats!!! That is a BEAUTY!
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Re: Personal Best Smallmouth

Postby dchiapas23 » Jul Wed 01, 2015 8:41 am

Nice fish.. just .1 away from tie in the official Illinois record.
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Re: Personal Best Smallmouth

Postby JB » Jul Wed 01, 2015 8:52 am

That's a beast. Congrats on the new PB! Love Grand Traverse only fished in once but beautiful greenies up there.
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Re: Personal Best Smallmouth

Postby Joeshoto » Jul Mon 06, 2015 10:07 am

KILLA!!!
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